Introducing PLOS Tech

PLOS is now in its 10th year of striving to make science research available to the public. As a staff-written and -moderated blog, PLOS Tech seeks to share not only research, but the whats, hows, and whys of facilitating scholarly communication. This is possible through the wisdom and insights of our software development, web production, and product development teams—among many others.

Goals for PLOS Tech

  • Build a community around sharing insights, techniques, and tools for scholarly communication, especially for science.
  • Provide narratives, background information, and answers to questions about PLOS products.
  • Create an opportunity for deeper technical feedback from the wider scholarly community.

What is technology?

Our coverage of technology is inclusive, meaning everything from evaluation of software tools to practical use of theoretical frameworks, information process construction to best practices and clever efficiencies, vital discussion of trends and patterns to critical analysis of buzzwords and memes.

We aim to provide insight accessible to both the technical and the not-so-technical among us, and we encourage any and all feedback via the comment sections and the rest of the web.

Open Knowledge Meetup at PLOS SF 6/6 at 7pm

Coinciding with the launch of PLOS Tech, the bay area Open Knowledge community is invited for a casual meetup with a few lightning talks and targeted discussion in relevant topic areas. Join us at the SF Headquarters of PLOS, some snacks and beverages will be supplied. Will include updates on California state legislation on Open Access – AB 609 by PLOS, updates from OA at Berkeley by Angelica Tavella and Mitar Milutinovic http://oa.berkeley.edu, as well as a report back from Dario Amodei on the Vannevar series at Stanford.

Lightning talks so far:

* MacKenzie Smith, University Librarian, UC Davis http://www.lib.ucdavis.edu/ul/about/meetnewul.php
* Florie Charles, PhD Candidate, UCSF, and of Youreka Science http://yourekascience.com/
* Annalee Newitz, Journalist, Editor in Chief of io9 http://io9.com/
* Alexandre Hannud Abdo, Wikimedia Brazil, and Post-doctoral researcher, Universidade de São Paulo http://cecm.usp.br/~eris/en/
* Christin Chong, Postdoc, UCSF and of http://micropub.org/
* Martin Fenner, of ORCID EU and PLOS, on “Markdown for Science” https://mdsci13.eventbrite.com/

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3 Responses to Introducing PLOS Tech

  1. Would it be possible to chime in remotely? I’d like to give a lightning talk on what’s wrong with PLOS XML available from PubMed Central, as just detailed in a comment on another post.

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    • Matt Senate says:

      Hey Daniel,

      Glad you were able to jump on remotely for the OKFN meetup! We were already full on lightning talks, but I see your comments on Molly’s post.

      I’m looking forward to meeting you in person and discussing many topics at OAI8 in a couple weeks.

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      • It was not clear from the outside that there was no further space for lightning talks. Anyway, have tried to bring these XML problems up a number of times, but nothing happened so far – looking forward to discuss things in detail at OAI8.

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